GOSHEN — “This is not about speed,” announced Jacob Jones as he stood outside Lincoln Avenue Cycling Monday morning. “We’re just going to enjoy the ride.”
Just over a dozen cyclists had shown up for the third annual Ice Cycle. The ride typically includes two routes: 15 miles and 30 miles. But with the temperature barely hovering at 2 degrees — and with a wind chill that made the air feel closer to -15 degrees — Jacob and his father, shop owner Danny Jones, decided to nix the longer circuit.
“Last year was pretty nice. I remember it being close to 30 or 40 (degrees). We had a turnout of over 60 people. The sun was shining. … The first year we did it it was snowing,” Jacob said.
The crowd was small this year: a dedicated few who were willing to brave the elements. Many of the riders showed up with goggles, face masks and special handlebar mittens that shielded hands from the wind.
Danny explained that surviving a ride in freezing temperatures is all about preparation. It’s mainly about the proper clothes, he said. Fatter tires or tires with studs also help the bike stay grounded on snow and ice, he explained.
The ride began outside the bike shop a few minutes after 11 a.m. A SAG – support and gear vehicle – followed the group to ensure that anyone who got too tired, too cold or injured could be picked up and transported back to town immediately.
Cyclists ended the frigid endeavor at Goshen Brewing Company.
“We always partner with GBCo. They are being kind enough to open today … for anyone participating in the ride,” Jacob said. “They cook chili just for this event, take donations for it and then have beer at regular prices.”
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